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8 Things to do with the Kids in Kent This Summer


The summer holidays are nearly here which means, Teachers, it’s time to relax! Perhaps your summer looks like endless duvet days (after you have done your planning of course), but if you want to get out and about with your family this summer, then check out these 8 experiences offering you a selection of activities to do with the whole family, across Kent.

1. Day Out with Thomas - Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden – 21st – 23rd July 2018

Thomas the Tank engine is making a VIP appearance at Kent & East Sussex Railway this summer. Thomas will be making return trips to Rolvenden on Saturday 21st – Monday 23rd July and there will also be children’s entertainment, magic shows and bouncy castles all included in the admission price. 

2. Seal and Wildlife Watching Trips – Ramsgate – Dates available from July – October 2018

If you or your children are wildlife fanatics and want to do something a bit different this summer, then this is the perfect activity for you! The trip will take you to an active seal colony inside a National Nature Reserve and lasts for around 90 minutes. 

3. Jousting Events – Hever Castle, Edenbridge - Dates available from July – August 2018

Hever Castle’s annual jousting tournament begins on 14th July. Knights of old will be battling it out to be crowned this season’s ultimate champion and watch out for appearances from Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn!

4. Plagues and Punishment – Dover Castle, Dover – 28th- 29th July 2018

Fans of Horrible History will love a day out learning about gruesome and gory medieval England. The event will be held on 28th and 29th July and promises to show visitors what life was really like for ordinary people in the middle ages.

5. Open Air Performance of Peter Pan – Smallhythe Place, Tenterden – 5th August 2018

Fly away to Neverland with this musical adaption of Peter Pan, performed at Smallhythe Place on 5th August. This is an outdoor event, so wrap up warm, take a picnic and sit back and relax.

6. The Highway Rat Activity Trails – Bedgebury Pinetum, Cranbrook – Throughout the summer

Join the Highway Rat on adventures at Bedgebury Pinetum this summer. Highway Rat activity packs are available to purchase for £3 and you can download free activity sheets to enhance your day out. For older children Bedgebury is home to Go Ape, so there is fun to be had for all the family!

7. The Beach at Bluewater – Bluewater, Greenhithe – 14th July – 2nd September 2018

Visit the beach without the need to visit the coast or leave the UK with The Beach at Bluewater. Find exciting rides, slides, water balls, sand pits, deck chairs and a giant paddling pool, all at the shopping centre. Head outside The Village (near Zizzi) for a great day out.

8. Brick History Exhibition – Chatham Dockyard, Chatham – 6th July - 16th September 2018

An exciting exhibition is being hosted at Chatham Dockyard from 6th July to 16th September. The Brick History exhibition will bring history to life by displaying pivotal moments of history in Lego! Discover the dinosaur extinction, the Women’s Suffragette movement and the Moon Landings to name a few of the exhibits. 

Whatever you get up to this summer, it’s bound to be great one as you relax and unwind from the year’s school activities! Share your experiences with us on Twitter or Facebook; we would love to hear from you!

If this blog has got you excited to be in the great outdoors, then make sure you read the 6 health benefits to getting fresh air. 


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